Romano misses SA flight

Luke Romano (File)
Luke Romano (File)
Cape Town - Injury has ruled All Black lock Luke Romano out of the Crusaders' two-game Vodacom Super Rugby trip to South Africa.

Romano hurt a calf muscle early in his team's 29-26 loss to the Hurricanes in Christchurch last Friday.

His place in the 27-man squad has been taken by Jimmy Tupou.

Captain Kieran Read left the Hurricanes game with a head knock, but was cleared to depart with the team.

The 13th-placed Crusaders play the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday (kick-off at 17:05) and the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday, April 12 at 17:05.

Crusaders squad:

Backs:

Israel Dagg, Johnny McNicholl, Nemani Nandolo, Nafi Tuitavake, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Rey Lee-Lo, Kieron Fonotia, Ryan Crotty, Tom Taylor, Colin Slade, Tyler Bleyendaal, Andy Ellis, Willi Heinz

Forwards:

Kieran Read (captain), Matt Todd, Luke Whitelock, George Whitelock, Sam Whitelock, Jordan Taufua, Dominic Bird, Jimmy Tupou, Owen Franks, Nepo Laulala, Wyatt Crockett, Mike Kainga, Corey Flynn, Ben Funnell
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